Ethics and Code of Conduct in Healthcare (by LabCE)

1 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 6,393 customer ratings)

Author: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Reviewer: Alexandru Casapu, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, PBTCM

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In the healthcare environment, upholding the mission to care for patients while maintaining high ethical standards and abiding codes of conduct is paramount. This course is designed to guide healthcare employees on the importance of ethics and code of conduct by outlining privacy and patient health information regulations, conflict of interest, professional competence, effective communication, and more. Real-world scenarios are presented for employee response training which allows for maximum comprehension of the rules and guidelines that employees must follow. This course includes both ungraded practice questions and an assessment exam upon completion.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number 578-046-21, approved through 8/31/2023
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 1 hour(s)
Course number 20-877648, approved through 8/31/2023


  • Define "ethics" and list issues where healthcare workers will need to make ethical decisions.
  • Identify the qualities of ethical conduct in the healthcare environment.
  • Discuss patient privacy and confidentiality of protected health information.
  • Define "conflict of interest" and list examples.
  • Discuss professional behaviors.
  • Explain the intent and mechanism of a whistleblower policy.

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Course Outline

  • Ethical issues in Health Care
      • Definition of Ethics
      • Ethical Issues in Healthcare
      • Allocation of Resources
      • Privacy and Confidentiality of Patient Information
      • Protected Health Information (PHI) and HIPAA Privacy Rule
      • De-identification of Patient Information
      • Conflict of Interest
  • Code of Conduct
      • Code of Conduct
      • Policies and Procedures
      • Professional Competence
      • Communication
      • Responding to Occurrences and Documentation of Corrective Actions
  • Professional Behaviors
      • Professional Characteristics and Behaviors
      • Report Reckless or Unethical Behavior
      • Whistleblower Policy
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of Instruction: Basic
Intended Audience: All healthcare professionals who, directly or indirectly, impact patient care.
Author Information: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM has over 40 years of experience in the medical laboratory profession as a technologist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. She was an Inspection and Technical Specialist for nine years with the College of American Pathologists in the Laboratory Accreditation Program and, until her retirement in 2015, was Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. Barbara holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University.
Reviewer Information: Alexandru Casapu, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, PBTCM has over 20 years of experience as a medical laboratory scientist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. He is the former Director of Clinical Laboratory Technology Program at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. He is currently a Program Director at MediaLab, Inc. Alex holds BS degrees in Biology and Medical Technology from Clark Atlanta University and a MBA from the University of Georgia.

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